Litton Quartet Opens Sound Choices Series With New Work

Posted on 9/19/2012 2:13:29 PM

The Department of Music will open is 2012–2013 Sound Choices season with the Litton Quartet, IUP’s string quartet in residence. The concert will be presented September 25, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Hall, located on the second floor of John Sutton Hall.

The Litton will premiere a new composition by first violinist Stanley Chepaitis (pictured below) titled “The Art of Conversation.”

In explaining the work, Chepaitis stated, “Johann von Goethe was the first to verbalize the resemblance of a string quartet performance to a lively conversation. In my new work, I have tried to portray this conversational aspect in modern terms.”

He goes on to say, “In the first movement ‘Isolation,’ for example, the instruments don't interact at all, like a group of people standing together, but talking on separate cell phones. From there, I tried to explore different forms of interaction.”

Other movements are titled “Argument,” “Listening,” and “Airy Persiflage.”

The quartet will also perform works by Haydn and Mendelssohn.

Stanley Chepaitis

Stanley Cheapitis received his D.M.A. degree from the Eastman School of Music and serves as chair of the strings program at IUP. Recent performances have included appearances at the University of Oregon, the School for Strings in Buffalo, N.Y., University of New Mexico, Eastman School’s Kilbourne Hall, the academies of music in Zagreb, Croatia, and Ljubljana, Slovenia, and concerto performances with the Hershey Symphony and the Orchard Park Symphony.

Swana Chepaitis, violin, received a Diploma in Violin Pedagogy from the Hochschüle fuer Kuenste in Bremen, Germany. She is a former member of L’Arco, a baroque orchestra based in Hannover, Germany.

Joining the quartet as violist is Raul Faure, a native of Santiago, Chile, where he performed with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Chile prior to moving to the U.S. He holds music degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities.

Linda Jennings, cello, received her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. She was director of the internationally acclaimed UT String Project and has been principle cellist of the Fairbanks (Alaska) Symphony, the Arctic Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Alleghenies.

Tickets are available in advance online at, by calling 724-357-1313, or by visiting the Hadely Union Box Office. Tickets remaining will be sold at the door starting 45 minutes before the performance.

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail

The Lively Arts is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Assocation.


Sound Choices


Litton String Quartet

September 25, 2012
8:00 p.m.

Gorell Recital Hall, second floor of Sutton Hall

Featuring new and classic pieces, faculty memebers Stanley and Swanna Chepaitis (violins) and Linda Jennings (cello) are joined by special guest Raul Faure (viola). General Admission: $9 Regular/$8 Discount/$6 I-Card

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For more information, visit Litton String Quartet, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.